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  • The short answer is no, a recession can't be predicted reliably. There is not enough historical data to have a reliable set of indicators and methods—especially since our economy is always changing and recessions can come from different sectors. If recessions could be accurately predicted, we could enact measures to avoid them. Yet, we don’t seem to avoid recessions at all. They hit us at regular...
  • Glass companies remain optimistic in the face of labor shortages and rising prices
    U.S. Construction Starts (Billions of Dollars): Overall construction spending is projected to remain fairly stagnant in 2019, with commercial spending expected to fall from $119.3 billion to $115.8 billion, and multifamily spending dropping from $93 billion to $87.1 billion. Institutional spending, however, is an expected bright spot, with forecasters projecting an increase in spending from...
  • Forecasts Strong U.S. Construction Spending through 2019
    The U.S. economy will grow through 2018, with commercial construction experiencing gains through 2019 or 2020, according to economist Jeff Dietrich, senior analyst for the Institute of Trend Research. Dietrich spoke Sept. 16 at the 10th annual Glazing Executives Forum during GlassBuild America: The Glass Window and Door Expo. While economies around the world are struggling, the fundamentals of...
  • Unfortunately, there are a few contract glaziers in every market that don’t follow the rules. In an effort to cut costs, they might install improper product, or underpay their employees. And with so many building owners focused on the bottom line, these companies sometimes win the job over their honest, quality, possibly higher-priced competitors. Apparently, this is also true in the fabrication...
  • U.S. glass company leaders— from full-service glass shops, to large contract glaziers, to glass and metal suppliers—say they are optimistic about 2013. While the industry continues to face notable challenges—a slow recovery, uncertainty over taxes, and concerns about the implementation of the health care law, to name a few—officials, for the most part, say market conditions will continue to...
  • The economy: Where we are now and where we’re headed
    Indicators show there are no signs that the U.S. economy is fading or collapsing; growth is above year-ago levels and more gains are expected.
  • Gains to come in retrofit/remodeling vs. new construction
    Nonresidential construction and housing will enter the growth phase of the economic cycle in 2012 and remain there through 2013, according to analysts at the Institute for Trend Research, Concord, N.H.“Nonresidential construction is moving up; so is housing,” saysJeff Dietrich, senior analyst, ITR. “They are both entering thisgreen [growth] phase where things are improving every monthon a year-...
  • Industry leaders talk market conditions, growth opportunities, and why it might be 2013-14 before a recovery takes hold
    While construction levels will remain much the same, the spending picture will be slightly different
  • The float perspectiveScott Thomsen, Guardian Flat Glass Group "Our strategy is to continue to increase sales of value-added products and services that provide a competitive advantage. We feel our value-added strategy is working: We’ve been able to maintain and even enhance our float assets in North America since the start of the recession in 2009. We view the key to success in these volatile...
  • The float perspectiveScott Thomsen, president, Guardian Flat Glass Group"A fitting description for the activity in the global glass industry today is ‘volatile,’ and we don’t see that leveling off much, at least not in early 2012. On the residential side, monitoring key North American economic indicators such as new housing starts, construction permits, automotive new build rates, and replacement...
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  • This commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels. 
    Great Glazing: Custom interior officeThis commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels suspended from the ceiling. Created by Tulsa artist May Yang, the mural is based on local Oklahoma themes, transitioning from rural landscape to the Tulsa skyline.   Great Glazing: Joliet Junior College Campus...
  • A look at the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products, broken down by sales volume, number of locations and product offering. 
    Building on the success of the Top Glass Fabricators rankings introduced last year, Glass Magazine is expanding its coverage to include the Top Metal Companies, featuring the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products in the United States and Canada. The Top Metal Companies include those that manufacture, fabricate and sell curtain wall, storefront and entrance, commercial interior...
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    In an effort to spotlight the people who make the Glass Magazine Award-winning products and projects possible, this year’s program included people-centric categories, for which the industry submitted their picks for best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep.After narrowing down the nominations to three finalists in each category, the Glass Magazine editors asked the...

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